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This review is from: The Circle (Hardcover)
The Circle is one of the most intriguing books I've ever read. Set in the idealistic surroundings of Northern California, the Circle is a company like no other. Think Google meets Facebook meets Twitter. The book's main character, Mae Holland leaves behind a dead-end job in small town America, and finds herself a job at The Circle. What she encounters may as well be light years away from the life she once knew. Mae's life changes beyond recognition.
The description of The Circle's headquarters reminded me a lot of the Google HQ - an idealistic environment where the technology is state of the art, the buildings are beyond belief and the people are almost too friendly. This made the book feel very realistic.
This novel reminded me a lot of 1984. Through the promotion of its social networking tools, The Circle and its founders are on a campaign against all forms privacy. Although their methods seem innocent enough, you feel as though The Circle is on hell bent mission to rule the planet.
The book makes you question how much of your own information is on the Internet. It makes you think about who is watching you and why. It makes you think twice about what you post on Twitter, and the advertisements that show up on your Facebook page after you've purchased an item from Amazon.
The Circle has made me somewhat paranoid, but in a good way. It has also made me think about how technology has had an impact on the personal relationships I have with my family and friends. Although I believe social networks, emails and Skype are wonderful ways of connecting with your loved ones, I realise that the Earth is becoming a smaller and smaller place, and privacy is something Mankind needs to hold on to in this ever changing world.
Buy this book. You won't put it down!